Misdiagnosis of Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer affects the women’s lower part of the uterus or cervix. Every year over 11,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with this cancer. If it is diagnosed early, treatment can be successful. On the other hand, a misdiagnosis can result in delayed treatment. Without the proper treatment, the survival rate decreases considerably and it may lead to death.
There are medical attorneys that will represent victims who had a misdiagnosis of with cancer. Speak with an attorney regarding the claim; they will evaluate your case free of charge.
How Cervical Cancer Is Diagnosed
Sexually active women should go have regular Pap smears. While Pap smears are not a diagnostic test, they are used to spot abnormal cells. If abnormal cells are present, further tests should be ordered to make a positive diagnosis. Some diagnostic tests include:
Colposcopy – an instrument called a colposcope is used to look at the cervix and see more clearly areas of abnormal cell growth
Biopsy – a sample of abnormal tissue is taken from the cervix for testing
Endocervical scraping – a specialized instrument is used to scrape tissue lining the endocervical canal, an area the doctor cannot reach with the colposcope
Cone biopsy – a cone-shaped piece of tissue is removed from the cervix
Not overseeing diagnostic tests or misinterpreting the results can put off successful treatment options and the consequences can be fatal.
How Misdiagnosis Occurs
A missed or wrong diagnosis of cervical cancer may occur for the following reasons:
The doctor fails to recognize symptoms of cervical cancer, thereby failing to perform the tests necessary for diagnosis
The doctor fails to obtain a full patient history, which is important for identifying risk factors such as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Lab results are misinterpreted
A laboratory error causes the patient’s results to be confused with another patient’s
There are many types of misdiagnosis. Delayed diagnosis, missed diagnosis and wrong diagnosis can each have their own consequence. For instance, a wrong diagnosis of cancer when a patient does not have it can mean a person undergoing treatments that are not needed. In addition, if cancer was missed, a patient will not receive treatment they actually need to live.
Have You Been Misdiagnosed?
If you were misdiagnosed with cervical cancer, there is legal action you can take and with the help of a medical attorney, it can happen. The negligent party can be held liable and a victim can recover some compensation for damages lost. This can include lost wages, treatment costs, pain, and suffering.
Contact an attorney to learn more about your legal rights if you have received a misdiagnosis of cervical cancer. They will evaluate your case at no cost and advise you of your rights.